Students will consider persuasive techniques and persuasive writing in letter form. They will read a short article from The Conversation about the convergence of bushfire and holiday seasons in Australia. Students will consider the presented opinion and reflect on this to formulate their own opinion. Next they will complete a set of activities to activate prior learning on persuasive techniques and will then apply their understanding of these techniques and the content of the article to plan, draft and edit a persuasive letter expressing their own point of view on this current issue.
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 7 English
- Understand that authors innovate with text structures and language for specific purposes and effects (ACELA1553)
- Analyse and explain the ways text structures and language features shape meaning and vary according to audience and purpose (ACELY1721)
- Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, selecting aspects of subject matter and particular language, visual, and audio features to convey information and ideas (ACELY1725)
- Use a range of software, including word processing programs, to confidently create, edit and publish written and multimodal texts (ACELY1728)
The 2019/2020 Australian summer was overshadowed by bushfires raging across the country. Family holiday plans were forced to change as communities banded together to fight against the catastrophic fires.
Students can feel a range of emotional responses when discussing bushfires. If you need further support for students please refer to:
- Access to a computer for research
- Persuasive Letter Template
Learning@Home from Cool Australia
Learning@Home resources are designed for parents and teachers to use with children in the home environment. They can be used as stand alone activities or built into existing curriculum-aligned learning programs. Our Learning@Home series includes two types of resources. The first are fun and challenging real world activities for all ages, the second are self-directed lessons for upper primary and secondary students. These lessons support independent learning in a remote or school settings.
|This lesson has been developed in partnership with The Conversation. The Conversation’s mission is to be known as a prominent and trusted publisher of new thinking and evidence-based research, editorially independent and free of commercial or political bias. The Conversation hopes teachers will use their content as a source of truthful information, and that teachers can show their students the importance of trusted, evidence-based information in understanding the world around them and making informed decisions about their actions. Please follow the republishing guidelines when using The Conversation’s articles.|
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